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  • By Robert Haehn
    Jun 15, 2018
    Janel Kaster's "Isabel Olson Queensland Genealogy" is an interesting and well researched look at two families: the Oliversons and the Olsons. It begins with the family of Isabel Olson Queensland and her husband Chris and goes back six generations documenting each generation with census, birth, marriage, and confirmation records; along with pictures and stories. One of the chief records used in genealogy are Federal and state census reports. These records allow one to see changes in families as well as their movement over time and there are many throughout the book. In 1930 we see Bernett Olson living with his daughter Maggie and her family and in 1940 living with his daughter Lillian. These documents are shown in their entirety and close up to enable easier reading. The section on Bernett and Helen Olson contains a selection of letters and cards. One letter, written by Leona Brog to her grandmother Helen Olson, is especially affecting. In it, she enquires about her grandma's... More > health, describes her current college classes, and talks a bit about the weather(No letter would be complete without at least a mention of the weather). It is both specific to its time and universal in its subject matter. Naturally for a genealogy there are many pictures to be seen There are many fascinating pictures of the Oliversons including Tom Oliverson's children and some of his siblings. There are also many family reunion pictures including the 1940 reunion. Readers can see how many familiar faces they can pick out of the 1940 photograph and then turn the page and see how well they know their own relatives. One of the more rewarding aspects of genealogy are the stories that are remembered about the past. Stories allow ancestors to step forward and reveal a bit about themselves. In the mid 1990s Lucille Block conducted several interviews with Ida Queensland and Beulah Weick about their remembrances of their childhood years.Ida tells one the sadder stories in the book about her mother's sisters. Beulah Weick, who was my grandmother, recalls watching the horse drawn buggies during funerals from a porch high up in the Olson home. In genealogy there is always the possibility that something new may turn up, but "Isabel Olson Queensland Genealogy" brings together a great deal of history in one place and will be of value to anyone interested in these two families.< Less
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Janel Inez Queensland Kaster
November 27, 2017
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
4.56 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 11 tall
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